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  • I’m very pleased that this photograph speaks to so many people. Could it be that somehow we all relate to the sense of danger and jeopardy inherent in this scene? Is it simply that it’s a scene the likes of which most people will never see?

    In any event, it’s a very straightforward story on one level…a three day nor’easter had kept all boats in the harbors and on this third day, the tail end of the storm, I was driving around the St. George peninsula and headed down to Spruce Head to see how they had made out.

    While the worst of the winds had blown by, there was still plenty of opportunity for something to go wrong, so there was a modest assembly of pickup trucks with guys in them, just hanging out, smoking and drinking whatever… watching their boats.

    I know and admire the man who owns this boat. He wasn’t around that morning, but I sat there for quite a while, just watching the small fleet tucked into the eastern end of the harbor buck and heave at their moorings.

    It’s at moments like this that you pray…or something. You certainly hope that all of the attention you have paid to your ground tackle will reward you with a boat that stays put, with a boat that will be there in the morning. Having watched my own boat ride out a number of winter storms has made me, like everyone else in a similar situation, hyper-aware of the “weakest link” reality.

    As with life in general, you do the best you can and then you hope for the best. This is a very humbling process…and it’s one that tends to take us into the realm of faith.

    I titled this Holding Ground as it speaks to those places where the bottom is good, where one’s boat will be safe and where the anchor will not drag. To me, in a wholly secular sense, it speaks directly to the matter of faith and hope.

    I will mention, in passing, that this is the same place where I made The Channel.

    Nice spot….good bottom for me.
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